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Allergies

An allergic reaction occurs when the body detects the presence of a substance that it deems harmful (called an allergen).  In an attempt to protect the body, the immune system produces antibodies and releases chemicals, such as histamine, into the bloodstream.  The chemicals released cause many different reactions.  Each allergic reaction is unique.  An allergic reaction can be mild or severe; can happen immediately or a few hours after a person is exposed to the allergen.

In order to appropriately care for a student’s diagnosed severe allergy in the school setting, annual paperwork must be completed by a healthcare provider and parent. Please refer to the documents below and contact your school nurse for additional information.

The allgergies form packets below include PDF-format forms that you can fill in on-screen. To do so, save the PDF to your computer, then open it using Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat in order to see the fillable form fields.

SEVERE ALLERGIES FORM PACKETS - English
First Time Reporting This Allergy to RISD
Annual Severe Allergy Updates
 
SEVERE ALLERGIES FORM PACKETS - en español
First Time Reporting This Allergy to RISD
Annual Severe Allergy Updates
 
Guidelines for the Care of Students With Food Allergies
At-Risk for Anaphylaxis

 


Asthma

Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease.  Asthma is characterized by excessive sensitivity of the lungs to various stimuli.  With asthma, it is very hard to get air in and out of the lungs.  Changes in the airways block the flow of air, making it very hard to breathe.  Each child reacts differently to the various triggers that may cause asthma symptoms.  Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be prevented and controlled. Only in rare cases do children with asthma need emergency care.  However, even a mild asthma episode can be frightening.

Some symptoms of asthma are:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness and/or discomfort in chest
  • Coughing

Some asthma triggers are:

  • Upper respiratory infections (colds)
  • Smoke from cigarettes, wood or burning materials
  • Fumes from automobiles, cleaning products, or aerosol sprays
  • Scents from cosmetics, lotions, or perfumes
  • Odors from paints, glues or cooking
  • Air pollution
  • Pet dander, cockroaches, dust mites, molds and pollen
  • Exercise
  • Emotional stress
  • Weather or temperature changes

To control asthma episodes, you must treat symptoms early, use medication as prescribed, and know when medical help is needed.  Please contact your school nurse for more information.

 


Diabetes

Diabetes is a lifelong condition, requiring monitoring and judgment in all areas of an individual's life, including exercise, nutrition and illness.  Students with diabetes need the support of caring adults to guide them in their disease management to maintain wellness and prevent or delay complications.

HB 984 amends the Health and Safety Code (Chapter 168) to ensure that the students with diabetes obtain appropriate care at school and while participating in any school activity to enhance their health and ensure their safety and optimize academic performance.

 
     
 
 
 
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